Drivers in the GTA need to snap out of cruise control and use their eyes instead of relying on the gadgets in their cars, police are saying in the wake of a rash of accidents in the past week that killed pedestrians.
“What’s happened in just a few days shows us what’s going on, and we really do not want to continue in this path,” said Const. Hugh Smith, of traffic services.
Thursday morning, a 25-year-old woman was pronounced dead at Steeles Avenue West and Hurontario Road in Brampton after a transit bus hit her.
Tuesday in Vaughan, Steven Seixeiro, 17, was hit by a semi-trailer turning the corner at Rutherford Road and Keele Street. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Hours later, Vaughan resident Nouhad-Nicolas Al-Kassouf, 80, was struck by a car while crossing at Roncesvalles Avenue and Dundas Street West. Her head hit the pavement. She died in hospital Wednesday morning.
But Smith said the death of 28-year-old mother Marites Mendoza Tuesday “scared everybody.”
Mendoza was pushing her seven-week-old son in a stroller when a car allegedly ran a red light and hit her while she was crossing Martin Grove Road at Eglinton Avenue West. Mendoza managed to push her baby out of harm’s way, but was pronounced dead at the scene.